PAUL CURRY/JIM SEERY BRANCH
An Irish Culture Organization promoting the music, song, dance, and language of Ireland
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Irelands premier cultural movement since 1951 with 400 branches around the world
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Newsletter §
Promoting the music, song, dance, and language of Ireland
November 1998 -- Volume XV
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TRADITIONAL IRISH GROUPS NEEDED
In addition to doing her Celtic show on Friday mornings 8 to 10am, Julie Cyr, the Celtic Music Director of WHUS Radio in Storrs, CT. is in the process of starting up a new record label.
Ruby Road Records will focus on Celtic and French Canadian music. The albums will be distributed internationally and promoted heavily through an extensive media campaign and international touring.
Julie is currently seeking Traditional Irish groups or musicians both here and abroad to sign. She will also be in Ireland in January to meet with prospective artists in Ireland.
If anyone is interested, please contact Julie by E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 860-487-7504
or write her at:
NORTH AMERICAN CONVENTION SLATED FOR APRIL 1999
The 1999 North American Convention has been scheduled for April 9-11, 1999. This upcoming convention is sponsored by the Martin Mulvihill Branch and will be held in Parsippany, New Jersey. There will be music, song, dance, language, and art workshops. The Saturday Banquet and several ceilis round out the weekend's festivities.
All members should have received information and registration forms in the mail months ago. Registration was opened to the general public as of November 1, 1998 so if you have not registered, you should do so ASAP. For details on the convention call (201) 646-9557.
You can also get a registration form or more information at their Web Site at http://home.earthlink.net/~caledonia/cce99/
REGIONAL MEETING IN ROCHESTER, NY
The Regional Meeting was held in Rochester, NY on November 7, 1998. Unfortunately, we did not have any members from our branch attending this meeting.
PADDY CLANCY OF THE CLANCY BROTHERS DEAD AT 76
On November 11, 1998 Paddy Clancy of the famed Clancy Brothers died. Paddy was 76 years old. In Ireland, Paddy Clancy's passing was marked with tributes in the papers and on the radio and TV news.
The Clancy Brothers divided up a few years ago with Paddy, Bobby and Bobby's son Finbarr going in one direction - Liam, Robbie O'Connell and Liam's son Donal in another. Paddy had taken up farming in his native County Waterford, and was a very popular figure locally, singing for free in the local pub the same songs he used to perform on stage.
Although it is debated in some circles as to "how traditional" the Clancy Brothers are, there is no mistaking the positive impact that their legacy has made on Irish music. Paddy Clancy has left music and spirit behind for others to enjoy.
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Northeast Region Hall of Fame
The Northeast Region of Comhaltas held it's first Hall of Fame Induction on February 21, 1998 in Albany, NY.
Long-time Comhaltas member Edmond (Eddie) Burke and the late Paul Curry were honored at the Northeast Region of Comhaltas' Hall of Fame. A program of music and wonderful memories followed the presentation.
Edmond (Eddie) Burke was born in Galway into a musical family. Both of his parents played music, great musicians surrounded him on all sides, and music was played at all times, day and night.
Eddie first played with the "Western Star Ceili Band" and later with the "Corrib Ceili Band", a regular member for many years before coming to the US in January, 1954. Arriving in the States, he met Johnnie Keane who had a great group of players. They played on local radio every Sunday, and also made TV
appearances. Eddie joined the "Chris Tabb Band" from Springfield, MA, playing as a featured musician on a record they made, and stayed with the band until Chris passed away in 1970. Eddie also played with the "Round Tower Ceili Band" from Hartford area until they disbanded.
Eddie and his wife Mary (nee Downs) joined the Jim Seery Branch of Comhaltas in 1974 at its inception; both have been very active in Comhaltas for many years. At present, Eddie is a member of "Mountain Laurel Ceili Band" in CT. Many Albany Comhaltas members remember well that Eddie was one of the very first musicians to come to the Albany area to visit the Sean O'Riada Comhaltas branch, to give their musicians a chance to experience a traditional Irish session, with a real fiddler who played for the enjoyment of it. Eddie's wife, Mary, and their friend, Paul Curry, came to help with set dancing. Whether a sessiun in Eddie's basement or having a cup of tea around the dining table with family and friends, Eddie and Mary have always been true pillars of traditional Irish music.
Paul Curry, the namesake for the Paul Curry/Jim Seery Branch of Comhaltas was remembered by friends, family, and fellow musicians at the Hall of Fame. Paul's favorite tune was played by Eddie Burke and Cindy Smith. Paul's family attended the induction and shared memories of Paul and his love for Irish music and dance.
Comhaltas recognized two great ambassadors of Irish traditions when they gave Eddie Burke and Paul Curry the ovations that they richly deserve as the first Hall of Fame inductees for our branch. Congratulations!
The next Hall of Fame will be held in Albany, NY in February of 1999. Our branch is proud to announce that Mike Meehan was selected as our nominee for the upcoming Hall of Fame. Mike Meehan served as the Chairman of our branch for many years (1982-1993) and he currently holds the position of the Northeast Regional Treasurer.
"ECHOES OF ERIN" Annual Concert Tour
The annual concert tour "Echoes of Erin" made its Connecticut stop at the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield on Wednesday, October 7. Even thought this was not the best of dates, we succeeded in attracting a fine number of attendees. The concert was lively and went over very well with the audience.
Thanks to the good folks at the G.A.C. for their help in promoting this cultural event, also thanks to the Co-chair Sharon McGovern for all her help with this concert.
A special word of thanks to the Irish language classes at the Irish American Community Center, who canceled their classes for the evening so the students could attend the concert.
Welcome New Members!
Cead Mile Failte
Bill Mayer, Gregg Burnett, William Hare, Sharon Higgins, John McNamara, Peter Delaney, Gene Taylor, Jane O'Connor, Karin Metzker, Eileen & John Scott, Frank and Veronica Kendrick, Eugene and Christina Cronin, Virginia McCauley
OUR BRANCH SECRETARY CONTINUES THE MEMBERSHIP DRIVE!
"Dues are due"!! Yes, as of November 1, 1998 Comhaltas New Year begins and it is time to send dues in to Andrea Hogan.
For the first time in ages, the dues were increased. Do not let that worry you though -- they are still a bargain! Dues are now only $17 for first member of a family, $8 for each extra member, and $4 for each junior member (under 18). There is still a $35 maximum for an entire family membership
Remember the tip from Home Security expert, Mike Hogan, when he says, "Get your dues payment out of your house and over to CCE as quickly as possible to keep your Treoir Magazine coming without interruption!"
So to start or renew your membership and keep your Treoir Magazine coming, send checks to:
Andrea Hogan, Secretary
pg 5 C o m h a l t a s C a l e n d a r o f E v e n t s
Saturday November 21
Sunday November 22
Sunday November 29
Tuesday December 1
Friday December 4
Saturday December 12
Saturday December 12
Friday December 18
Saturday December 19
Saturday December 26
Week + January 13-24
Friday January 22
Saturday January 30
Saturday February 6
Friday March 12
Weekend April 9-11
Sunday May 2
Please contact the editor with any upcoming events for publication in the newsletter. Remember to confirm concert dates and times listed in this publication prior to the event. Information for this calendar is gathered from many different sources and, although the goal is to make sure it is accurate, some concerts and events can be changed or canceled after publication of this newsletter.
Pg 6 C l a s s e s , S e s s u i n s, a n d L e s s o n s
Notice: These events may change from time to time. Please verify the event before attending. Any additions/ changes/ deletions can be submitted to the editor (see last page) for inclusion in future editions of this newsletter.
Music Lessons Monday 7:30 P.M.
Highland Bagpipe & Drumming Monday 7:00 P.M.
Step Dance Lessons Monday
Open Music Sessiun Monday 8:30 P.M.
Open Music Sessiun Tuesday 8:00 P.M.
Ceili & Set Dance Tuesday 7:30 P.M.
Ceili & Set Dance Tuesday 7:30 P.M.
Irish Language Lessons Tuesday 6:30 P.M.
Step Dance Lessons Tuesday & Wednesday
Irish Language Classes Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30 P.M.
Pg 7 M o r e C l a s s e s , S e s s u i n s, a n d L e s s o n s
Set Dance Wednesday 7:30 P.M.
Ceili & Set Dance Thursday 8:00 P.M.
Open Sessiun Thursday 8:00 P.M.
Irish Language Lessons Thursday 7:00 P.M.
Irish Singing Group Thursday 7:15 P.M.
Step Dance Lessons Thursday
Ceili & Set Dance Friday 9:15 P.M.
Open Music Sessiun Friday 8:00 P.M.
Pipe Band Friday 7:00 P.M.
Open Music Sessiun Sundays 3:30 P.M.
M o r e C l a s s e s , S e s s u i n s, a n d L e s s o n s
Open Music Sessiun Sundays* 7:00 P.M.
Open Music Sessiun Sundays* 3:00 P.M.
Music Lessons By Appointment
SLOW JAM SESSIONS FOR MUSICIANS
Hartford Country Dance (HCD) is sponsoring monthly contra slow jams modeled after a Celtic slow jam. The jams are 5:30 - 7:30 pm 2nd Saturdays at the American Legion Post, 275 Main Street, Old Wethersfield, CT.
The jams provide a good opportunity for new and experienced musicians to learn, play, and enjoy a mixture of Irish, English, New England, and Quebecois tunes -- reels, jigs, and waltzes.
Players of all instruments are welcome. The jams will be appropriate for "advanced beginners" and "intermediate" skill levels; tunes will not be played dead slow, but probably not up to full dance speed either. Participants can use sheet music or play by ear. An "around the circle" system will be used to ensure that everyone gets a chance to select tunes and set speed.
NEW MAGAZINE FOR GAELIC SPEAKERS
There is a new magazine out for Gaelic speakers and learners called Cuisle. Cuisle is a monthly magazine for Irish speakers and learners everywhere, linking Gaeltacht communities with urban-based speakers in a way that has not happened before.
A four-page insert called An Fhuinneog (the window) gives learners a new window of opportunity, with simplified text, glossaries in English, competitions and helpful tips about how to improve your Irish. Gaelscoil parents will also enjoy An Tuismitheoir (the parent), a special section dedicated to those rearing their children in Gaelic.
If you want information about this, contact
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